Mahindra’s sub-Rs.10 lakh entry into the automotive scene, the Marazzo, has made everyone sit up and take notice. Now, many other auto manufacturers are set to launch their products for a share in the pie of this currently hot MPV segment. Here are the details of some of the Marazzo’s upcoming competitors.
The Renault RBC will be a sub-four-meter compact MPV based on the highly successful Kwid platform. It is likely to get an updated version of the Kwid’s 1.0-litre petrol engine. In its current form, this 3-cylinder engine produces 68 Bhp of power and 91 Nm of torque but expect it to churn out more power when on the MPV. A diesel is unlikely to happen as the company doesn’t have a suitable powertrain yet.
Also, there will be a 7-inch Media NAV touchscreen infotainment setup borrowed from the Kwid. Safety features like dual front airbags, ABS and rear parking sensors will be available as standard on the whole range to comply with the new safety regulations coming into effect from October 2019. As of now, no word has been out yet on pricing but expect Renault to place it near the Rs. 6 lakh bracket in order to be competitive.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
Maruti Suzuki’s all-new Ertiga is set to be launched around the festive season, in the last week of October 2018. It will come with many cosmetic and interior changes like a new headlamp unit, a new grille and a reworked bumper to name a few. It will be bigger and more spacious than the current version. The biggest change on the inside will be a touchscreen infotainment system.
Under the hood, a new 1.5-litre K-Series four-cylinder petrol engine will be entrusted with the powertrain charges and reports say that the company’s newly developed 1.5-litre diesel engine is likely to replace the old 1.3-litre four-cylinder motor. Also, rumors are rife that it will be available at Maruti’s premium Nexa dealerships. Pricing is expected to start at Rs. 6.5 lakh.
Mitsubishi is gearing up for its second innings in India and recently launched the new Outlander after a five-year gap. Now, the company plans to bring in the Xpander MPV which will directly take on the Marazzo. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Xpander will come with class-leading space and features, and will be able to seat seven adults comfortably. It is expected to be priced in the same range as the Marazzo. That means it will start just shy of Rs. 10 lakh and will go up to Rs. 14 lakh. The car is equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system, Auto Climate, projector headlamps, LED DRLs and alloy wheels to name a few.